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It's not often I run across a game I haven't played before, but it does happen every so often.  Such is the case when I attended Pin-A-Go-Go a couple of weeks ago in Dixon, California.  The game was Junk Yard, and Williams only manufactured about 3,000 of this game.  I spent a couple of hours playing Junk Yard, and in my opinion it has one of the top five pinball toys ever.

The general idea of the game is to collect Junk to complete various contraptions.  For example, with the hair dryer and toaster you can build a bread-cannon which you use in video mode to shoot toast(?) at Spike, the junkyard dog.  Hit Spike enough times and you will save the not-too-bright girl who thought taking a bubble bath in the junkyard made sense.  The junkyard with the rabid guard dog, I might add.

The coolest feature of the game is a crane in the upper-middle of the playfield with a pinball dangling below it.  Normally the crane is lowered, blocking a shot up the middle.  Each time you hit the lowered wrecking-ball into one of the car targets a letter is added to MULTIBALL.  If you manage to sneak a ball past the wrecking-ball three letters are awarded.  Once MULTIBALL is completed the crane will rise, all of the balls are auto-launched and the center shot is lit for a jackpot.

I won't go into too many details since the video does a good job of explaining the game play.  As a side note for those of you who are aspiring pinball videographers, this is one of the best examples I've seen of what a good pinball video should look like (no it's not my video).